Last week when discussing Sid Caesar, I mentioned the incredible evening at the Writers Guild Theater when the stunning collection of writers from his two series appeared with him for one of the funniest nights I've ever had in a theater. Arguably, the funniest night. It's available on DVD, called Caesar's Writers. (I wrote at the time that it was edited down for PBS broadcast. It was. But I've since been informed that the DVD is the whole thing!)
What I also noted was that occasionally Sid Caesar would perform (usually with Carl Reiner, who was both an actor and writer on the show) the old sketch they were talking about. Here's an example of that.
The first writer you'll see is Danny Simon, older brother of Neil. They were writing partners at the time. Danny is also the real-life model for the messy character Oscar Madison in The Odd Couple. At one point in the video you'll also see a three-shot of Larry Gelbart, Mel Brooks and Neil Simon. Folks, three-shots don't get much better than that... But then, the entire panel was amazing.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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